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Course affected by COVID-19? Publishers now offering free textbooks through Perusall this spring

March 23, 2020

We designed Perusall to support learning no matter the mode of delivery: if you’re moving your class online due to the Coronavirus epidemic, Perusall will create an engaging virtual learning experience for your students.

If your students previously purchased books outside of Perusall, and you’d like to move to Perusall now, we may be able to help. We have arranged with an increasing number of our publishers to offer free textbook rentals in Perusall for students in ongoing courses affected by COVID-19, when your students previously purchased access elsewhere. Those currently participating include:

(Some restrictions may apply, depending on the publisher.)

If you’d like to take advantage of this offer for your course, email us at support@perusall.com and let us know what book(s) you are using in your course and how many students you have. If permitted to by the publisher, we’ll provide you with an access code your students can use to bypass the paywall for your book(s) until at least May 25. (Let us know if your semester extends beyond that date.)

If you don’t see your publisher on the list above, contact your local publisher sales representative for alternatives that may be available.

Please feel free to share this information with colleagues who are moving their classes online, or with your administration.

How Perusall helps classes moved online due to Coronavirus

March 8, 2020

Perusall is a free platform that guarantees students are prepared by managing the entire out-of-classroom experience for you, automatically. We designed Perusall to support learning no matter the mode of delivery: if you’re moving your class online due to the Coronavirus epidemic, you can count on Perusall to create an engaging virtual learning experience for your students. In this time of crisis, when faculty are being required to move in-person courses online, will you share this information with your colleagues or administration?

As the only truly social e-reader, Perusall keeps students motivated and learning even without an instructor standing in front of a classroom. Because setup is so fast, with or without integration into your school’s learning management system, Perusall can be quickly deployed mid-semester into an existing course. Research shows that Perusall increases student reading preparation from an average of 20-30% to >90%. By combining collaborative discussion and content annotation with automated grading that keeps students on track, Perusall creates a community among your students -- and improves their learning outcomes -- even when no one meets them face-to-face. No matter how you innovate teaching during this crisis, Perusall can help you maintain academic rigor and guarantee students learn.

Perusall is always free when used with your own content or open educational resources; there is no limit to the number of courses you can create or the number of students you can use Perusall with. Create a new course now, or email us at support@perusall.com. We’ll get you set up, answer your questions, or discuss any pedagogical issues that arise.